How does Standardisation facilitate the innovative railway system of tomorrow?

6 November 2018, UIC HQ Paris

Railways being the inherently systemic network that they are, need to be able to work in seamless harmony with each other and with a wide range of stakeholders so that trains are able to operate with the minimum of fuss and with maximum efficiency and the customer receives the best possible service.
The UIC has been in the business of supporting the railway sector in achieving these objectives ever since the publication of its first ‘Leaflet’ in 1928.
Evolving the railway system to ensure that this multi-modal objective is achievable in the digital era, is important to this. The UIC is evolving the approach it takes as these objectives evolve. This includes the new generation of operator-developed documents, known as IRS, and the programme upon which the UIC has embarked to effect the migration phases.
Innovation is key to a healthy railway system and understanding the role that standards can play in contributing to this evolutionary process will be the topic that the invited guests will speak of at the event:
“How does Standardisation facilitate the innovative railway system of tomorrow?”

We are delighted to be able to offer a very innovative programme and speakers will include, Tim Flower, Professional Head of Maintenance, Network Rail, Carlo Borghini, Executive Director, Shift2Rail, Stephane Mouille, President (TBC), EuroSmart and Thierry Legrand, CEN_CENELEC, who will set out to demonstrate the role, as they perceive it, of standards in the innovative railway system of tomorrow.

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13:45-13:55 Welcome and Opening statement
Laurent Schmitt: Chairman UIC Standardisation Platform, SNCF
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux: Director General, UIC
13:55-14:10 The UIC’s standardisation role – process and people
Simon Fletcher: Director, Standards and Coordinator, Europe, UIC
14:10-14:25 Work Programme - Migration strategy and correlation, publication dates
Célia Levy: Head of Standards Programming, UIC
14:25-14:40 Changes to the UIC Code
Hélène Cambreleng: Head of ETF (the publishing team), UIC
14:40-14:50 The UIC’s Guidelines for Standardisation, a quality approach
Célia Levy: Head of Standards Programming, UIC
14:50-15:00 Editorial Guidelines for the production of IRS – M1
Hélène Cambreleng: Head of ETF (the publishing team) UIC
15:00-15:30 How Standardisation supports and boosts the digital revolution and vice versa
Stephane Mouille: President of Eurosmart
15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-16:15 The importance of standards in predictive maintenance
Tim Flower: Professional Head of Maintenance, Network Rail
16:15-16:45 Research results into standards enabling innovation
Giorgio Travaini: Executive Director/ Head of Research and Innovation, Shift2Rail
16:45-17:15 How European norms are supporting an innovative railway sector
Thierry Legrand, Customer Service Specialist, CEN, CENELEC
17:15-17:30 Conclusions
Laurent Schmitt: Chairman UIC Standardisation Platform, SNCF
Simon Fletcher: Director, Standards and Coordinator, Europe, UIC
17:30 – 18:30 Networking cocktail

Biography of the speakers

Giorgio Travaini

Executive Director/ Head of Research and Innovation, Shift2Rail

Giorgio Travaini as Shift2Rail Head of Research & Innovation is responsible for coordination of the JU’s programme with a view to ensuring that the activities contribute to the fulfilment of the objectives of the S2R Master Plan.
Prior to this posting, Giorgio Travaini was Senior Corporate advisor at UNIFE – the association of the European rail industry – advising the General Director on strategic topics, and liaising with the Shift2Rail Founding Members. He had been coordinating since 2010 the preparation phase of Shift2Rail, that lead to the JU regulation proposals of the European Commission.
Since 2007, Giorgio Travaini was responsible as Senior Technical Manager for the supervision and coordination of more than 30 successfully EU-funded research projects, the UNIFE dedicated team and technical committees. He had also been significantly involved in ERRAC – the European Technology Platform for Rail Research – where he covered the secretary role.
In 2006, Giorgio Travaini assisted Mr Paolo Costa, Chairman of the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament, in all legislative dossiers both in Brussels and Strasbourg.
He joined the EU environment in 2004, working for the European association of Chamber of Commerce in Brussels and for the Brussels Regional office representation of his native region – Valle d’Aosta (IT).
Prior to that, Giorgio Travaini had other international experiences from 2001 in Rome working for Procter&Gamble and in Paris working for BNP Paribas Cardiff.
Giorgio Travaini holds an Engineering Degree (Polytechnic of Turin) and a Master Degree in public affairs (London South Bank University).

Tim Flower
Professional Head of Maintenance, Network Rail

Tim has been in the rail industry for almost 20 years, starting as a data entry clerk for the signalling department at a time when Ellipse, Network Rail’s asset management system, was being implemented. This gave him the opportunity to understand how to configure assets and maintenance within Ellipse to deliver compliant maintenance, enabling him to rapidly progress to becoming an Ellipse Implementation Consultant and then Territory Data Quality Coordinator for London North West Route. Tim then held a number of route roles managing planning of On Track Machines, restructuring of maintenance and performance before becoming the national programme manager for Plain Line Pattern Recognition, which replaces visual inspection of track. Tim then became the Head of Network Operations Programmes, directing a number of Maintenance Improvement Programmes including rollout of fixed asset monitoring onto 60,000 assets, implementation of risk based maintenance across all disciplines and eddy current monitoring of rolling contact fatigue. In July 2016 Tim was appointed Professional Head of Maintenance with a major focus on digitisation, and is the technical lead for the Intelligent Infrastructure Programme.

Thierry Legrand
Customer Service Specialist - Mobility, CEN-CENELEC

Thierry Legrand graduated as a master in nautical sciences from the University College of Antwerp, Belgium in 1988. He has worked for PETROFINA for nearly ten years career predominantly in the North Sea Transport and Offshore business. He then worked for two years in GGIS Brussels as Marine and Cargo handling expert before Joining CEN He is currently the Customer Service Specialist – Mobility (in the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre) facilitating with his team the development of a broad range of standardization projects amongst others: Railway applications, Road Vehicles (including alternative fuel propelled) Transport of dangerous goods, Cable transport, Packaging, Intermodal and interoperable transport, Intelligent Transport Systems, Recreational craft and the Marine Equipment and finally Aerospace.
When he joined CEN, over twenty years ago, there were no European standards in the CEN catalogue for Railway Applications.
Nowadays, CEN/TC 256 ’Railway Applications’ and CLC/TC 9X ’ Electrical and electronic applications for railways’ maintain a catalogue of over 400 standards and 40 other deliverables (TS or TR).

Speakers presentations: 20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes for questions. English language only

Practical information

Venue: Union Internationale des Chemins de fer (UIC)
16 rue Jean Rey - 75015 PARIS
Tel 00 33 1 44 49 20 20

How to get to UIC

Metro: Line 6, Bir Hakeim station
RER: Line C, Champ de Mars station
Bus: 42, 69, 82, 87
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